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FC Cincinnati's Darren Mattocks faces felony charges in Pennsylvannia

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 03:41:00 GMT

FC Cincinnati's Darren Mattocks faces two felonies. FC Cincinnati forward Darren Mattocks has been charged with two felonies in Pennsylvania, according to court records obtained by ESPN. Mattocks, 29, has been charged with one count of making a false, fraudulent or incomplete insurance claim, and another count of theft by deception in Carroll Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Carroll Township is located about 26 miles south of Pittsburgh. The case was moved from District Court to the Court of Common Pleas in Washington County. According...

DC United, USMNT midfielder Paul Arriola suffers knee injury

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:32:00 GMT

NFL stars, rappers and actors model the new kits MLS clubs will wear in the league's 25th season. Steve Nicol says Cristiano Ronaldo would bring goals and silverware to any MLS franchise. D.C. United midfielder and United States international Paul Arriola left Saturday night's preseason exhibition at Orlando during the first half with a right knee injury. Arriola, a 25-year-old midfielder, will have a scan to determine the extent of the injury, team spokesman Sam Legg said. Team manager Ben Olsen told the Washington Post that the injury "doesn't look good."  The club saw the departure of Wayne Rooney this offseason but was expected to have a formidable attack with Arriola...

Minnesota United closing on DP deal for Boca Juniors' Emanuel Reynoso - sources

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 06:26:00 GMT

Minnesota is closing in on a DP move for Boca Juniors midfielder Emanuel Reynoso. Minnesota United is closing in on the transfer of Boca Juniors midfielder Emanuel Reynoso for a  designated player spot, multiple sources have told ESPN. One source said that the deal was "95 percent done" with Reynoso's transfer fee set at around $5.5 million, though there are still some unspecified terms to be ironed out. Loons GM Mark Watson has made multiple trips to Argentina in a bid to get the deal completed. According to TyC Sports, Minnesota reportedly had an offer for Reynoso rejected...

Sporting KC acquires West Ham defender Winston Reid on loan

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 05:34:00 GMT

Peter Vermes explains the intangibles Alan Pulido will bring to Sporting Kansas City this season. Sporting Kansas City added to its defense Friday, acquiring Premier League veteran Winston Reid on loan from West Ham. Reid, 31, has played 223 games with West Ham since 2010, with all but one of those seasons played at England's highest level. The club was relegated in 2011-12 before making its return the following season. A native of New Zealand, Reid scored six goals with West Ham and had two assists over his nine seasons with the club, which finished as high as seventh in the Premier League...

FC Cincinnati boss Ron Jans stepping away during racial slur investigation

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 02:59:00 GMT

FC Cincinnati manager Ron Jans has been accused of using a racial slur in front of some of the team's players, and has "stepped away" from his coaching duties while the league investigates the matter, the club confirmed to ESPN. The incident, first reported by The Athletic, took place earlier in preseason. ESPN television analyst Taylor Twellman tweeted that Jans told FCC president Jeff Berding that the incident involved Jans singing a song in the locker room that contained the N-word. A source...

LAFC signs two-time MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:32:00 GMT

NFL stars, rappers and actors model the new kits MLS clubs will wear in the league's 25th season. LAFC head coach Bob Bradley likens Kobe Bryant's impact on basketball to Johan Cruyff's on football. Herc Gomez and Seb Salazar are at odds over whether Carlos Vela or Chicharito is the better player in MLS. LAFC has signed veteran Major League Soccer striker and two-time Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips. The club announced the move on Friday as the defending Supporters' Shield winners begin CONCACAF Champions League play next week. Wright-Phillips spent the past seven seasons with the New York Red Bulls, becoming the eighth-leading goalscorer overall and the top European goalscorer in league history with 108 goals in 195 MLS appearances. He won the Golden Boot as MLS' top goal-scorer in 2014...

MLS 2020 team-by-team preview: Expect Inter Miami and Nashville to watch the playoffs from home

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:00:00 GMT

The 25th season of Major League Soccer kicks off Feb. 29 (stream out-of-market matches all season live on ESPN+). To make it to 25 years is an impressive accomplishment, full stop. Are there issues and problems with the league? Of course. Do we all wish it were further along, closer to commissioner Don Garber's stated goal of becoming one of the world's best leagues in (checks calendar) just two years? Sure. Could it be churning out more young talent, bolstering the United States men's national...

Miami's Pizarro: Beckham, chance to play in Europe sealed MLS move

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:15:00 GMT

Sebi Salazar, Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno pump the brakes on Inter Miami's expectations this season. Ale Moreno delves into how Seattle Sounders and Inter Miami will fare in their 2020 MLS openers. No. 1 MLS SuperDraft pick Robbie Robinson explains he's ready to take on any challenge ahead at Inter Miami. Inter Miami owner David Beckham welcomes 2020 MLS SuperDraft No. 1 pick Robbie Robinson to the club. Inter Miami owner David Beckham's video calls and Mexico national team coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino's reassurances over the quality of Major League Soccer were important in Rodolfo Pizarro deciding to leave Liga MX champion Monterrey for the debutant MLS franchise. Pizarro, 25, traveled from Monterrey to Miami on Thursday morning to finalize the deal with his new club and explained his reasoning for moving on from the current CONCACAF Champions League holders. "I think that the level of players...

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez gets work visa, set for LA Galaxy debut

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:32:00 GMT

Javier Hernandez says he joined LA Galaxy to win a championship, not to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's replacement. Javier Hernandez tells ESPN's Herculez Gomez the deeper meaning of his comments about joining LA Galaxy. Javier Hernandez clarifies his "retirement" comments, saying his career could last until he's 40. LA Galaxy striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has received his work visa and is set to debut for the MLS club on Saturday, when the Galaxy face in a friendly vs. Toronto FC at Dignity Health Sports Park. - When does the 2020 MLS season begin? All you need to know - Stream MLS games LIVE on ESPN+  Hernandez was signed by the Galaxy on Jan. 21, but he wasn't able to train with the team or play in preseason friendlies as he awaited his visa. Hernandez was immediately added to the Galaxy's...

Mexico star Rodolfo Pizarro set to join Beckham's Inter Miami

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:01:00 GMT

NFL stars, rappers and actors model the new kits MLS clubs will wear in the league's 25th season. Steve Nicol says Cristiano Ronaldo would bring goals and silverware to any MLS franchise. Javier Hernandez says he joined LA Galaxy to win a championship, not to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's replacement. Mexico international Rodolfo Pizarro is set to join Inter Miami CF as the club's second Designated Player after a deal with reigning Liga MX and CONCACAF champions Monterrey was agreed upon on Wednesday. Monterrey released a statement on Wednesday confirming that Pizarro "unilaterally rescinds his contract with [the club] due to his wish to continue his sporting career with the new MLS franchise in Miami." ESPN sources put the transfer fee at close to $12 million USD, almost two million more than...

Wil Trapp energized by Inter Miami move as former Columbus captain pushed well outside his comfort zone

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:09:00 GMT

There is a certain aura, romance, about the one-club man. To stick with a single team throughout one's career requires a consistent level of excellence that is enough to fend off the competition, both inside the team and out. All the while, a feeling of challenge has to be there. External factors play a part as well. The club has to appreciate what you offer throughout a sustained period. The same goes for the usual parade of managers that one might encounter. There also has to be general agreement...

LAFC trade Walker Zimmerman to Nashville for record allocation money for defender

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:21:00 GMT

NFL stars, rappers and actors model the new kits MLS clubs will wear in the league's 25th season. LAFC head coach Bob Bradley likens Kobe Bryant's impact on basketball to Johan Cruyff's on football. Nashville SC has acquired U.S. international defender Walker Zimmerman from LAFC, giving the expansion side a massive boost ahead of its inaugural season. LAFC will receive an MLS record amount of allocation money for a defender in the deal. Nashville is sending $600,000 of allocation money in 2020, $350,000 in 2021 as well as incentives based on games played which could push the total to $1.25 million. LAFC will also receive an international roster spot. Last year, Minnesota United sent $1m in...

Montreal Impact terminate Ignacio Piatti deal ahead of San Lorenzo return

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 06:36:00 GMT

Ignacio Piatti is parting ways with the Montreal Impact after scoring a club record 78 goals. The Montreal Impact and Ignacio "Nacho" Piatti have agreed to mutually terminate his contract ahead of a return to play for San Lorenzo in his native Argentina, the club announced on Monday. "I would like to thank Nacho, personally and on behalf of our club, for his six years with the Montreal Impact," said owner and chairman Joey Saputo. "His professionalism, class and love for the sport, this club and this city have marked his time in Montreal. The thrilling moments he allowed us to experience...

Brad Guzan signs Atlanta United contract extension through 2023

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 04:20:00 GMT

Atlanta United's Josef Martinez joins the ESPN FC set only to be laughed at for his penalty technique. Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan agreed to a contract extension through the 2023 season, the team announced Monday. Guzan, 35, has been Atlanta's starter since joining the team midway through the 2017 season. He has a 44-19-17 record with 30 shutouts in 81 regular-season appearances and was the starter for Atlanta's MLS Cup winning season in 2018. "Brad has been one of the top goalkeepers in MLS since joining our team in the summer of 2017 and we are pleased to have agreed to a long-term contract...

LA Galaxy's Javier Hernandez training alone as he waits for U.S. work visa

Sun, 9 Feb 2020 03:02:00 GMT

Javier Hernandez says he joined LA Galaxy to win a championship, not to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's replacement. Javier Hernandez tells ESPN's Herculez Gomez the deeper meaning of his comments about joining LA Galaxy. The LA Galaxy's newest high-profile addition, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, says he is trying to remain patient as he continues to deal with a work visa delay as the regular season fast approaches. His participation with his new Galaxy teammates has been limited since the team acquired the Mexico international from Spanish side Sevilla last month and signed him to a three-year deal on Jan. 21. "We are waiting for the visa," Chicharito told reporters as the Galaxy unveiled its new safe-standing...

New York City FC making progress on soccer stadium in Bronx

Sun, 9 Feb 2020 11:36:00 GMT

NFL stars, rappers and actors model the new kits MLS clubs will wear in the league's 25th season. New York City FC is making "significant progress" toward a possible soccer-specific stadium in the Bronx that would be part of a $1 billion development project, the club announced in a statement to fans. The 25,000-seat stadium would be built close to Yankee Stadium near East 153rd Street between River Street and the Major Deegan Expressway. The project also would include affordable housing, a school, a hotel and retail outlets. NYCFC currently plays home games at Yankee Stadium, but the dimensions...

Ranking MLS' new-for-2020 shirts, from Sporting KC's polka dots to Chicago's standalone look

Sat, 8 Feb 2020 08:00:00 GMT

Major League Soccer celebrates its 25th anniversary with the kickoff of the 2020 season. The fun begins on Feb. 29 with Opening Weekend, and the first broadcasts to air on ESPN take place on March 1, when the reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders host the new-look Chicago Fire (3 p.m. ET, LIVE on ESPN) and David Beckham's Inter Miami play their first competitive match in a glamour tie at LAFC (5:30 p.m. ET, LIVE on ESPN). Of course, with any new season comes a raft of new kits. With all 26...

MLS gets favourable promotion-relegation ruling from CAS

Fri, 7 Feb 2020 12:58:00 GMT

NFL stars, rappers and actors model the new kits MLS clubs will wear in the league's 25th season. A long-running lawsuit looking to force promotion and relegation on Major League Soccer has failed. Lower-tier clubs Miami and Kingston Stockade filed a challenge in 2017 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA, North American soccer body CONCACAF and the U.S. Soccer Federation. Miami owner Riccardo Silva, the former head of media rights agency MP & Silva, sought to disrupt the closed MLS system of new clubs paying franchise fees up to $200 million. The clubs' case cited a sub-section...


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